File:British Museum Great Court, London, UK - Diliff.jpg|thumb|260px|The centre of the museum was redeveloped in 2001 to become the Queen Elizabeth II Great Court|Great Court, surrounding the original British Museum Reading Room|Reading Room.
The '''British Museum''' is dedicated to human history
, and is located in the Bloomsbury
area of London
. Its permanent collection, numbering some 8 million works,
is among the list of largest art museums|largest
and most comprehensive in existence
and originates from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present.
[Sculptures and applied art are in the Victoria and Albert Museum, the British Museum houses earlier art, non-Western art, prints and drawings, and art of a later date is at Tate Modern. The... ]